Patriot (TV series)

Patriot is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Steven Conrad which premiered on November 5, 2015, on Prime Video, with the remaining episodes of the first season being released on February 23, 2017. The series stars Michael Dorman, Kurtwood Smith, Michael Chernus, Kathleen Munroe, Aliette Opheim, Chris Conrad, Terry O'Quinn, and Debra Winger. In April 2017, it was announced that Amazon had renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on November 9, 2018. In July 2019, Amazon canceled the series, saying they have no plans for a third season.[1]

Patriot
Genre
Created bySteven Conrad
Starring
Opening theme
Composer(s)Alex Wurman
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes18 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Marc David Alpert
Running time37–57 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Elephant Pictures
  • Zaftig Films
  • Parriott
  • Picrow
  • Amazon Studios
  • Reunion Pictures (pilot)
Release
Original networkPrime Video
Original releaseNovember 5, 2015 (2015-11-05) 
November 9, 2018 (2018-11-09)
External links
Official website

Premise

To prevent Iran from going nuclear, intelligence officer John Tavner must forgo all safety nets and assume a perilous non-official cover ("NOC")—that of a mid-level employee at a Milwaukee industrial piping firm.

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast released
110November 3, 2015 (2015-11-03)February 23, 2017 (2017-02-23)
28November 9, 2018 (2018-11-09)

Season 1 (2015–17)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Milwaukee, America"Steven ConradStory by: Steven Conrad and Gil Bellows
Teleplay by: Steven Conrad
November 3, 2015 (2015-11-03)
After a helicopter crash changes the stakes of a foreign election, a former-intelligence officer for the U.S. State Department has to choose between returning to the line of duty in order to dismantle a dangerous political movement in a war torn country as a matter of national security or his personal obligations as the head of a young family.
22"C-19"Steven ConradSteven ConradFebruary 23, 2017 (2017-02-23)
With the situation mounting in Iran, getting back to Luxembourg looks grim as John struggles to adjust to life and work in Milwaukee, while a driven homicide detective begins to build her case.
33"McMillan Man"Steven ConradSteven ConradFebruary 23, 2017 (2017-02-23)
Homicide Detective Agathe Albans arrives in Milwaukee to interview Dennis. John must make a desperate last minute push to remain on the travel team.
44"John's To-Do List 5/18/12"Steven ConradBruce TerrisFebruary 23, 2017 (2017-02-23)
In Luxembourg, Leslie attempts to set John up for failure by increasing his workload just as John's real job requires immediate and critical action. An old friend arrives and further complicates John's life.
55"Un Monsieur Triste En Costume"Ted GriffinSteven ConradFebruary 23, 2017 (2017-02-23)
John's effort to retrieve evidence brings him dangerously close to Agathe. Tom arrives in Luxembourg to help John catch his breath only to ask more of him.
66"The Structural Dynamics of Flow"Tucker GatesJill E. BlotevogelFebruary 23, 2017 (2017-02-23)
Agathe's case against John begins to mount while John undertakes a desperate attempt to get his father's plan back on track. Meanwhile, Leslie's hostility toward John reaches new heights.
77"Hello, is Charlie There?"Michael TrimDarby KealeyFebruary 23, 2017 (2017-02-23)
John returns to Milwaukee a person of interest in Agathe's investigation, while his already fragile mental state worsens. At McMillan, Stephen's recovery and a sudden promotion further jeopardize the mission.
88"L'Affaire Contre John Lakeman"Jim WhitakerZak SchwartzFebruary 23, 2017 (2017-02-23)
Agathe, headed back to Milwaukee to investigate John, crosses paths with Alice. Tom receives critical new intelligence that may give him the upper hand in his plan to influence the Iranian election.
99"Dick Cheney"Steven ConradSteven Conrad & Bruce TerrisFebruary 23, 2017 (2017-02-23)
Agathe interrogates John just as Edward struggles to establish his brother's alibi. A surprise visitor joins the McMillan duck hunt in a last minute appeal to Leslie to allow John back on the travel team.
1010"Dead Serious Rick"Steven ConradSteven Conrad & Bruce TerrisFebruary 23, 2017 (2017-02-23)
John returns to Luxembourg where his dedication to his father is put to the test, just as Agathe gathers final evidence that may allow her to learn the truth about John.

Season 2 (2018)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
111"American Dimes"Steven ConradSteven ConradNovember 9, 2018 (2018-11-09)
John must make a choice at the train platform — be free from his obligations and adversaries by letting Agathe take the money or pursue her in an effort to protect his brother, father, and country.
122"The Vantasner Danger Meridian"Steven ConradSteven ConradNovember 9, 2018 (2018-11-09)
Edward’s captor is revealed. John prepares for a dangerous act in his first step toward the assassination of Cantar Walley, just as Walley's elite security team arrives in Paris.
133"The Guns of Paris"Steven ConradSteven ConradNovember 9, 2018 (2018-11-09)
John gets closer to completing his perilous assignment, only to have matters jeopardized by a childhood mistake. Friends get involved in an unprecedented and gravely consequential way.
144"The Sword and the Hand"Steven ConradSteven ConradNovember 9, 2018 (2018-11-09)
Recent events tell a story that could reveal John’s plan to assassinate Cantar Walley, so John takes preemptive and desperate measures, risking himself to divert attention and create the illusion that the story is over.
155"Army of Strangers"Steven ConradSteven ConradNovember 9, 2018 (2018-11-09)
John acts against standard protocol, which alerts adversaries of his whereabouts and necessitates the abandonment of the John Lakeman cover identity, jeopardizing all.
166"Fuck John Wayne"Steven ConradSteven ConradNovember 9, 2018 (2018-11-09)
An unexpected day off provides the opportunity for a last-minute bachelor party. Collective inebriation follows. John fully embraces the celebration with his wife and friends until the timeline for his mission abruptly moves up.
177"Loaded"Steven ConradSteven ConradNovember 9, 2018 (2018-11-09)
Drunk and stoned, John breaks into Cantar Walley’s compound. Alice considers the cost of betraying her father-in-law in order to protect her husband. In the meantime, Agathe finds a powerful new ally.
188"Escape From Paris"Steven ConradSteven ConradNovember 9, 2018 (2018-11-09)
All hell breaks loose.

Production

Development

On May 14, 2015, it was reported that Amazon had given the production, written by Steven Conrad and then titled The Patriot, a pilot order.[2] On September 23, 2015, the series' pilot order was confirmed and further information regarding the series was released. It was announced that the series had been retitled Patriot and that Conrad was confirmed to direct the pilot episode and executive produce alongside Gil Bellows, Glenn Ficarra, Charlie Gogolak, and John Requa.[3][4]

On December 18, 2015, it was announced that the production had been given a series order.[5] On January 27, 2017, it was reported that the rest of season one would premiere in its entirety on February 24, 2017.[6]

On April 18, 2017, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season.[7] On October 10, 2018, it was announced that the second season would premiere on November 9, 2018.[8]

Casting

In August 2015, it was announced that Kurtwood Smith, Michael Dorman, Kathleen Munroe, and Terry O'Quinn had been cast in the pilot's lead roles.[9][10][11] On March 22, 2016, it was reported that Chris Conrad, previously cast in a guest appearance in the pilot episode, had been upped to a series regular capacity for the remainder of season one.[12]

On January 4, 2018, it was announced that Debra Winger had been cast in a series regular role for season two.[13]

Filming

Principal photography for the first season commenced in the spring of 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.[14]

Reception

Critical response

The first season of Patriot has been met with a positive response from critics. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds an 81% approval rating with an average rating of 6.54 out of 10 based on 27 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Patriot is dark, quirky, and often funny -- and although its risks don't always pay off, the series is still savvy and inspired enough to watch."[15] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the season a score of 68 out of 100 based on 16 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[16]

Many of the first season's Luxembourg based exterior scenes were filmed in Prague.[17] The Luxemburger Wort's culture correspondent noted the apparent lack of effort and accuracy in portraying the landmarks and geography that characterize Luxembourg City, with Prague being a poor substitute for their depiction.[17] He recorded that the frequent onscreen appearance of unmistakable famous Prague landmarks, such as the Charles Bridge, throughout Luxembourg shots hinder the suspension of disbelief for viewers familiar with either location.[17] Additionally, he identified certain factual inaccuracies about Luxembourg in the script, including a claim that Brazilian nationals make up a substantial minority of Luxembourg residents, when in actual fact it is Portuguese nationals.[17] Despite what he labeled as these "absurd inaccuracies" he recommended the series for fans of dark comedy.[17]

The second season also received positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 100% approval rating with an average rating of 6.42 out of 10 based on 11 reviews.[18] On Metacritic, it has a score of 80 out of 100 based on 4 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[19]

Awards and nominations

Year Ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result
2017 8th Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Comedy Series Patriot Nominated[20]

References

  1. Andreeva, Nellie (July 27, 2019). "'Patriot': No Plans For Season 3 Of Amazon Series - TCA". Deadline. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  2. Andreeva, Nellie (May 14, 2015). "David E. Kelley Legal Drama, Shane Black Western Among Amazon Pilot Orders". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  3. Andreeva, Nellie (September 23, 2015). "Amazon Confirms 6 Pilots From Shane Black, Sacha Baron Cohen, Tig Notaro & Louis CK, Others". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  4. Spangler, Todd (September 23, 2015). "Amazon Sets 6 Fall Pilots, Including Comedies from Louis C.K., Sacha Baron Cohen". Variety. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  5. Andreeva, Nellie (December 18, 2015). "Amazon Picks Up 5 New Primetime Series & 3 Kids Series, Renews 'Red Oaks' & 'Hand Of God'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  6. Petski, Denise (January 27, 2017). "'Patriot' Gets February Premiere Date On Amazon". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  7. Hipes, Patrick (April 18, 2017). "'Patriot' Renewed For Season 2 At Amazon". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  8. Petski, Denise (October 10, 2018). "'Patriot' Season 2 Gets November Premiere Date & First-Look Trailer". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  9. Jarvey, Natalie (August 6, 2018). "Kurtwood Smith Joins Amazon Pilot 'The Patriot' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  10. Petski, Denise (August 6, 2015). "Michael Dorman & Kathleen Munroe Land Leads In Amazon Pilot 'The Patriot'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  11. Jarvey, Natalie (August 7, 2015). "Terry O'Quinn Boards Amazon Pilot 'The Patriot' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  12. Petski, Denise (March 22, 2016). "'The Royals' Ups Genevieve Gaunt; 'The Patriot' Promotes Chris Conrad". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  13. Pedersen, Erik (January 4, 2018). "'Patriot': Debra Winger Joins Amazon Series As Season 2 Regular". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  14. Swartz, Tracy (May 24, 2016). "Extras needed for Amazon series 'Patriot' filming in Chicago". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  15. "Patriot: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  16. "Patriot: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  17. Adam, Andreas (March 1, 2017). "Neue Amazon-Serie: Luxemburg sehen und sterben" [New Amazon series: Seeing Luxembourg and dying]. Luxemburger Wort (in German). Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  18. "Patriot: Season 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  19. "Patriot: Season 2". Metacritic. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  20. Tapley, Kristopher (December 6, 2017). "Netflix, FX's 'Feud' Lead Critics' Choice TV Nominations". Variety. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
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